The Scott River flows North from the Marble Mountains to it's confluence with the Klamath River. It is a fun and beautful run, but isn't done nearly as often as the nearby Cal Salmon since it's season is more sporadic and a bit shorter. The mountain scenery here is outstanding and the rapids are fun for expert boaters looking for a challenge.

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Since a road follows most of this run closely, there are several places to start. If you put in at Indian Scotty Campground, you'll run several miles of non stop Class IV and V rapids including Boulder Creek Falls and Canyon Creek Rapid. These are both solid Class V rapids and Boulder Creek Falls is commonly portaged.

California's Scott River

California's Scott River

A great alternate put-in that skips these rapids is about 3 miles downstream of Indian Scotty Campground at Bridge Flat Campground where the main road crosses a bridge over the Scott River. The 10.5 miles of river below here is full of fun pool/drop Class IV rapids with the occasional Class V. The most difficult rapids are White House, Tompkins Creek Rapid, and Schuler Gulch. Of these three, White House is the best know and used to be marked by a white house on the left side of the river. The white house is now gone and a larger brown house has taken it's place.

You can take out at the bridge at Scott Bar or continue through 3.5 miles of easy Class II and III to the confluence with the Klamath River.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in at Indian Scotty Campground

Mile 1.3: Boulder Creek Falls (V-VI) is a probably portage. Immediately downstream from this is Canyon Creek Rapid (V)

Mile 4.7: White House Rapid (V)

Mile 5.5: Tompkins Creek Rapid (V)

Mile 9: Schuler Gulch Rapid (V)

Mile 13.5: Takeout at Scott Bar Bridge

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